OPERATIONS are being launched across Essex to target metal thieves who are making life a misery for residents.
Det Chief Insp Mark Wheeler has spoken out following a massive increase in the theft of lead, copper and other valuable sheet metals and cables which are delaying trains, damaging buildings and leading to the breakdown of telecommunication systems.
He said: “Metal theft is a serious and growing national problem and Essex has been badly affected as incidents have increased over the past few years.
“To date we have received 1,252 reports of metal theft across the county since the start of 2011.”
Anyone who witnesses metal being stolen call 999 immediately.